ANC's spaza shop proposal condemned

2012-06-25 12:35

Cape Town - A civil rights organisation has condemned an ANC proposal to curtail township spaza shops owned by foreigners, it was reported on Monday.

People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (Passop) co-ordinator Brian Hanekom told the Cape Times the move was misguided and a mistake.

"We are very disappointed to hear this. We are hoping to communicate with the ANC provincial chairperson [Marius Fransman] about this issue.

"We don't know the number of foreign entrepreneurs in townships, but we can safely assume that the rights of the number of people who pay cheaper for a loaf of bread far outweigh the interest of local shop owners."

ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile had said there needed to be intervention to increase the number of local entrepreneurs in townships.

"More locals need to participate and need to be supported... it creates tension. If we are not attending to it, it becomes a source of division."

He told the newspaper it was not a provincial proposal, but part of a national discussion document.

  • Kala - 2012-06-25 12:42

    A very good plan again by the anc. Let the poor rather travel to a registered shopping centre where they will pay more for their loaf of bread. If the locals were willing to get off their backsides and get their hands dirty then they would be the ones owning the spaza shops. As usual they all stand around with the begging bowls outstretched. - 2012-06-25 14:09

      Will this be part of a broaded BEE / AA strategy ? It's bad enough other ethnic groups (read minorities) are discriminated against, but now their own brothers from up north. What next ?

  • Rob - 2012-06-25 13:36

    So in the minds of the ANC it's get rid of the competition, not compete against them... Morons

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-06-25 13:53

    Mmmm, separate rules for the townnships now??

  • Oom - 2012-06-25 14:04

    What a circus..! First you invite ALL AFRICANS into OUR country, as guests of the government. You make NO effort to prevent these people from just walking into our city’s, hospitals, problem. You blame our people for attacking these GUESTS and call it Xenophobia, (when in fact its WORK a phobia.) Now you want to play GOD and tell them that they are no good anymore. Don’t mess them around, you invited them in.. Kick the whole lot out, or treat them as guests, you started this thing..idiots..!!!

      Sharon - 2012-06-25 17:48

      the anc are worth nothing in the cape,the brain dead decided to come up with this idea to garner support among the few supporters left there,better they go crawl back under the rock they came from

  • Lee.CPT.ZA - 2012-06-25 14:08

    This is shopping for votes and nothing more... as the ANC's popularity wains.... their outlandish promises appear. Housing for all, Employment for all, free education..... do I need to go on. The ANC will stop at nothing to increase their popularity. Whats next .... free holidays...

      Kala - 2012-06-25 15:10

      One could guess that there next election promise will be "spaza shops for everyone!".

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-06-25 15:26

    Wait next they are going to want to take over all the Currie Dens, Spice Shops because they are getting a bit tired of K.F.C its getting boring so they will be looking for a bit of spicing up.

  • Singatha - 2012-06-25 18:54

    No land of opportunity here i guess.Either an Entrepreneur or Tenderpreneur?

      Singatha - 2012-06-25 18:57

      Or civil servant?

  • mbali.ntshingila.7 - 2012-06-25 19:15

    leave the poor foreigners alone!!!!!!!! they have put an initiative and made an effort into improving the standard of living for themselves and their siblings. Local natives dont want to work, look at the poor services ko home affairs,public hospitals andlocal clinics bayahleba badle ichappies nje kphela not to mention the theft that takes places on a regular basis.

  • sharon.ackerman.77 - 2012-07-13 10:52

    The fact of the matter is that the majority of people are to damn lazy to get off their asses and do something. So when somebody else does it, then just burn them down. We find it in the workplace everyday. One out of 10 want to work. The rest just want the money.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-13 11:53

    I do not know what government - any government - has against law abiding foreigners. They always give more than they take.

  • mgamndana - 2012-07-13 18:40

    It is the duty of the government to do whatever is necessary to reduce the tension between locals and foreghners,if the source of the tension is spaza shops and employment we can not say the government must leave them alone, and those who think spaza shops are cheaper maybe they dont leave in townships.Spaza shops needs to be redulated and i believe that whatever the government is going to do will be within the constitution.

  • davy.botha - 2012-07-13 18:57

    If these foreign spaza shops pay the same taxes as all other spaza shops there should not be a problem, I think the issue is that our local(south african) spaza shop owners can not compete with the foreigners that has smaller profit margins but sells more. So now the local owners want to eradicate these foreigners and might I say alot of the time these are the same countries that help the ANC during apartheid while the cadres was in excile, yes this is how we live together. O yes we can not even live together as South Africans.

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